NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL), JFKIAT LLC, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today broke ground on the $1.2 billion project that will enhance and expand Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The project will create a state-of-the-art facility for New York's fastest growing global airline. 

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"Delta continues to make substantial investments in New York, and our terminal project at JFK is among the most significant," said Delta Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson. "Our new facility is designed to meet the needs of the world's largest and most competitive aviation market with significant benefits to our customers, employees and the city of New York for decades to come. We look forward to our continued partnership with JFKIAT, Schiphol and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on this ambitious project."

"Today's event continues the momentum and emphasizes our excitement for this project," said Jos Nijhuis, president and CEO of Schiphol Group. "We're proud to partner with Delta, a member of SkyTeam, as it strengthens its New York hub and brings about these positive changes for Terminal 4, which will reaffirm its status as the 'Terminal of Choice' at JFK International Airport."

Alain Maca, president of JFKIAT, LLC, which operates Terminal 4 added, "We're proud to be part of this ambitious expansion project which will greatly expand our capacity and help fulfill the original vision for Terminal 4. Today's groundbreaking and Delta's commitment to this project bring us a step closer to realizing that vision.  The expansion will bring about enhancements and improvements that will enable us to maximize the efficiency of our operation and boost our ability to serve the flying public."

"I want to thank Delta Air Lines and Schiphol for embarking on a vast project that will not only fulfill the vision for Terminal 4, but will enhance the functionality, experience and options at JFK and the entire Port Authority aviation system. Delta Air Lines, with its New York hub, is a valued partner at both our biggest and smallest airports and we look forward to our continued collaboration," said Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward.

"Through large and much-needed construction projects, we are able to continue to drive economic development in the region by creating both on-airport jobs and construction-related work. Projects like these not only benefit the travelers that pass through our doors, but also the communities that our facilities call home," said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni.

"The expansion of Terminal 4 at JFK Airport is a welcome economic development project that will generate employment opportunities in our community," Senate President Pro-Tempore Malcolm A. Smith said. "This substantial investment not only stimulates our local economy, it will significantly improve air travel for the 11 million passengers who utilize the Delta terminal at JFK each year. I commend Delta Air Lines, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and John F. Kennedy Air Terminal for breaking ground today on this exciting project."

Terminal 4 improvements and customer benefits

Currently, Delta operates predominantly out of Terminal 2 for its domestic flights and Terminal 3, internationally.  The expansion of Terminal 4 – which has been successfully managed by JFKIAT for more than a decade – will replace the outdated Terminal 3 facilities and enhance the customer experience for the 11 million passengers Delta serves at JFK annually. Delta anticipates that customers will experience an improvement in operational performance through dual taxiways, resulting in reduced taxi times and better on-time performance. They also will experience improved inter-terminal passenger connectors between Terminals 2 and 4.

The expanded Terminal 4 will have nine new international gates on the B Concourse. Customers also will benefit from enhanced baggage claim areas, and expanded Customs and Border Protection area. In addition, the consolidation of two passenger security checkpoints will create a more efficient, passenger-friendly, post-security environment for retail and food and beverage offerings.

Delta customers will benefit from the airline's ability to continue expanding its international network, which currently includes nonstop service to 96 global destinations from JFK and more than 1,200 weekly departures. International service includes nonstop flights to Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, with new service to Reykjavik, Iceland beginning in June 2011.

Economic impact to the region

Since making a strategic decision to build New York into a hub earlier this decade, Delta has made major investments across the region, boosting its economic impact to more than $13 billion annually. Delta's current JFK operation generates 49,000 jobs in the region. The Terminal 4 expansion project will stimulate economic development regionally through direct on-airport jobs and construction related work, creating an additional 10,000 jobs in the New York Metropolitan Region by 2014. Over the next 60 months, the $1.2 billion project will generate $500 million of personal income in the region and $1.6 billion of economic output from the purchases of goods and services. 

When completed, the total economic impact of Delta's New York operation will contribute more than $19 billion annually to the state.

Expansion project highlights

With construction underway, completion of phase one and relocation of Delta's Terminal 3 operations to Terminal 4 is anticipated in May 2013.  Delta's JFK terminal project includes:  the expansion of Concourse B at Terminal 4, including nine new international gates; the construction of a passenger connector between Terminal 2 and Terminal 4; expanded areas for baggage claim, Customs and Border Protection, and, ultimately, the demolition of Terminal 3, which will be completed for aircraft parking in May 2015.


JFKIAT LLC, which operates Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, is a 100% subsidiary of Schiphol USA (SUSA), a company within the Amsterdam-based Schiphol Group, a leading airport operator. JFKIAT is the only private, non-airline company to be selected by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to operate a terminal at JFK. The 1.5-million –square-foot Terminal 4 opened in May 2001 and reached an annual passenger volume of 9.5 million air travelers in 2009. Terminal 4 is one of the largest terminals in the New York area, serving nearly 40 international and domestic airlines.

About Delta

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 348 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 75,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, the world's largest airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at

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